FAVORITE BRAVES PLAYERS OF THE 1980'S
#10 PASCUAL PEREZ
ATLANTA BRAVES 1982-1985
Pascual Perez was probably the Braves best starting pitcher during the couple of years during the early 80's when the Braves were actually pennant contenders, winning 15 and 14 games during his two best Braves seasons. He slumped badly in 1985, finishing 1-13 and his career as a Brave was over.
Pascual was also a colorful character who earned the nickname "I-285" for getting lost on the Atlanta expressway before coming to a game on August 19, 1982. Having driven it many times, I really couldn't fault him for that. Pascual rebounded from that night on August 20th by pitching 9 2/3 innings in a game that the Braves won in the bottom of the 10th.
Sadly, Perez was killed during a robbery attempt in 2012 at the age of 55.